Nikon’s Small World Photo Microscopy Competition has recently announced the top 20 science and artistry images for this year. In its 49th year, the competition recognizes the incredible work of researchers who capture breathtaking images through microscopes.
Hassanain Qambari and Jayden Dickson have taken home the top prize for their image of a rodent’s optic nerve head, captured while studying diabetic retinopathy. Qambari, a researcher, believes that the competition allows scientists to showcase the artistic side of science and can inspire young minds to pursue STEM careers.
Eric Flem, senior manager at Nikon Instruments, expresses his fascination with how scientific imaging technology can create such mesmerizing art. He emphasizes that these images are not only meant for scientists, but also for the general public to marvel at.
Coming in second place is Ole Bielfeldt with an image of a matchstick igniting due to friction. The image captures the precise moment when the matchstick bursts into flames. Meanwhile, Malgorzata Lisowska takes third place with a picture of breast cancer cells, highlighting the intricate beauty that exists within even the most devastating diseases.
This year’s competition received a record-breaking 1,900 entries from 72 different countries. The level of talent and creativity exhibited in the submissions has impressed the judges and further solidified the competition’s status as a prestigious event in the field of microscopy.
For those interested in witnessing these incredible images firsthand, a selection of the top entries can be viewed in the gallery. It is a chance to appreciate the intersection of science and art and gain a unique perspective on the microscopic world that surrounds us.
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